Governor's Teaching Fellowship Program Accepting Applications Through May 1

Aspiring teachers who could use $20,000 to get their teaching credentials are invited to apply online for the Governor's Teaching Fellowship Program at www.teacher- fellowship.calstate.edu.

Each year, the program awards merit-based fellowships to students to help pay tuition and living expenses while preparing to become fully credentialed teachers. The Governor's Teaching Fellowship Program currently has 1,200 Fellows and is looking forward to awarding 1,000 more fellowships in September 2002.

The $20,000 awards are a bold incentive by Governor Davis for future teachers to complete their teacher preparation program in continuous full-time study at any California State University, University of California, or independent college/university accredited by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

The application period for this year's fellowships is open through May 1, 2002. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree and be permanent residents of the United States by September 1, 2002.

To become a Governor's Fellow, successful applicants also must make a commitment to teach for four years in low-performing schools in California; should not be employed as a full-time teacher or long-term substitute (teacher of record) beginning Sept. 1, 2002, through completion of the teacher preparation program; and should not hold a preliminary or clear teaching credential.

The California State University, Office of the Chancellor was selected by Governor Davis to administer the Governor's Teaching Fellowship Program.

"This is one of several innovative programs that help attract and retain high-quality teachers to meet California's teacher shortage and improve scores at low-performing schools," said Charles B. Reed, Chancellor of the CSU system, which prepares 60 percent of the state's new teachers. "We expect to see an improvement over time in the schools where the Governor's Fellows are teaching."

For a list of 2001 Governor's Teaching Fellows visit www.ose.ca.gov.

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Last Updated: 18 February 2002

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